Longtime AgriLife Extension agent in Randall County changing direction

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Leesa Wood Calvi, 806-570-5676, l-calvi@tamu.edu

AMARILLO – Leesa Wood Calvi will be switching Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices after occupying the one in Randall County for more than 27 years.

Leesa Wood Calvi is the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cancer prevention and early detection program specialist for the Amarillo district. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Leesa Wood Calvi is the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cancer prevention and early detection program specialist for the Amarillo district. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

Calvi will begin a new assignment Feb. 1 as the cancer prevention and early detection program specialist for the Amarillo district. Her new office will be in the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd. She will replace the retiring Cheryl Brewer.

“We are extremely excited about Leesa fulfilling this role,” said Dr. Angela Burkham, AgriLife Extension regional program coordinator for family and consumer sciences in Amarillo. “Her personal and professional experience combined with her passion for cancer education and prevention will continue to develop AgriLife programming in the 66 counties of the north region.”

Calvi began working in Randall County in 1985, serving the longest tenure of any agent in Randall County. She began as an assistant agent, and in May 1998 she was promoted to the family and consumer sciences agent position.

In her new position, Calvi will be working on the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas funded Friend to Friend project, which is designed to help women find breast and cervical cancer earlier when treatment is more successful, according to Dr. Carol Rice, AgriLife Extension health specialist and project director in College Station.

Details are still be finalized, but a farewell party for Calvi will be held March 21 at the Herbert F. and Jeannie Kuhlman Extension Center in Randall County, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon.

Calvi earned a master’s degree in communications from West Texas A&M University in Canyon and a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga. She also attended the University of North Texas.

Professionally, Calvi holds certifications in family and consumer sciences and vocational home economics instruction. She taught home economics for three years at Austin Middle School in Amarillo.

She is a member of the American and Texas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the national and state Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi National Honorary Extension Fraternity and the National and Texas Association of Extension 4-H Agents. She is a member of the Amarillo Women’s Network.

Calvi has been recognized at the state and national level for her efforts in youth development and education programming excellence. In 1997, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is a San Antonio Livestock Leadership Extension graduate.

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